The Chamber Lunchtime Program Will Present on the Opioid Crisis Impacting Our Community on June 14 at Memorial Hospital

June 06, 2018

NORTH CONWAY, NH – Memorial Hospital’s Certified Nurse Midwives Cori Gilkey and Lauren Hunter will talk about opiates and how the opioid crisis is impacting our community at a lunchtime learning session beginning at 12 pm Thursday, June 14 at Memorial Hospital. This program is a presentation of Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Buzz programs.

Cori and Lauren will cover what opiates are and how addiction begins with this particular drug class. They will discuss how the opioid crisis has arisen and how it is currently impacting our community. Addiction recovery resources will be shared, as well as how to recognize potential signs of addiction in your loved ones.

In addition to being midwives for Memorial’s Women’s Health Program, both Cori and Lauren are on the staff of Memorial Hospital’s A New Life Prenatal Substance Abuse Prevention Program. This program was selected to be a part of a $3 million dollar statewide initiative to change outcomes for pregnant and newly parenting women and their babies affected by opioid and other substance use disorders. The program has contributed to dropping the number of babies needing to be transferred to other hospitals from 54% in 2015 to 28% for 2017.

The impacts of substance abuse disorder are intensified for the women and children when the women are pregnant and this program is designed to address those issues. But Lauren says, “The opioid crisis widely impacts our community in multiple ways and our New Life program is just one part of our efforts to help combat this.”

Prior to her work at Memorial, Lauren Hunter previously worked as a Certified Nurse Midwife in Maine for 6 years before relocating to North Conway. She served as the Director of Midwifery Services at her previous hospital and has helped initiate the Centering Pregnancy Program within her pervious organization.

Cori Gilkey has worked as a childbirth educator and was a labor and delivery nurse for ten years before completing her Master’s degree in Midwifery. She obtained her Doctorate in Nursing Practice with an emphasis on the impact of skin-to-skin after birth and the impact on breastfeeding.

Business Buzz workshops are presented by Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce and offer a wide variety of today’s important topics that impact businesses or non-profits. These workshops are held monthly at 12 pm (bringing a lunch is encouraged).

Business Buzz is sponsored every month by Chalmers Insurance Group and Memorial Hospital.

For more information about upcoming sessions, visit To register for these free workshops, call Michelle Gittleson at the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce 603-356-5701 Ext. 300.

About Memorial Hospital
Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit 25-bed Critical Access Hospital located in North Conway, NH, and is a member of the MaineHealth family. Its hospital services include a 24-hour emergency department, surgery center, clinical laboratory, heart health & wellness programs, imaging services, cardiopulmonary care, family birthing center, sleep center, oncology, chemotherapy and infusion services. Practices include primary care and family medicine, and the Miranda Center for Diabetes, behavioral health services, women's health, and orthopedics. The Merriman House, a 45-bed nursing home specializing in Alzheimer's and other memory disorders, is also located on the hospital campus.